Friday, April 26, 2013
Watching a Jays game with Buck and Pat is getting pretty stale. Buck Martinez blabs on and on about Mariano Rivera... I watch the odd Yankee broadcast and they NEVER EvER gave ANY other player this kind of lip service. This is not a slight on Rivera, he is a great player but.. Oh my gosh, give it a rest. He is not the second coming of the lord himself... but Buck, also the President of the Mariano Rivera Fan club needs to remind us of all the accomplishments.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I know I am writing this before the weekend series with the Yankees is over but I am already pretty disgusted with the effort that has been put forward. From Vernon Wells going deep to Lyle Overbay going deep to Ben Francisco even getting some playing time. Yes we are missing perhaps our best player in Jose Reyes, but the Yankees are missing 3 sure fire hall of famers and they nutted up better than the Blue Jays. Plane and simple, this team lacks the intensity and ability to work at bats and get big hits. Lets start with Saturdays game, Maicer gets a lead off single in the 10th inning and Bonifacio moves him up. Rajai has a chat with Jose Bautista right before he goes to hit. Bautista says watch out for the Slider. What does Rajai do, well he swings at the first pitch, a slider on the outside corner. Lack of mental rehearsal or mental preparation. Something the Jays not possessed since the last won a world series. Guys like Joe Carter, Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor all had a plan. Now for a team that relies on the long ball to score a large majority of their runs. The Jays are going to struggle madly in close scoring games. That brings us to the mismanagement of the Bull Pen. Tom Lasorda was the worlds greatest match up king. He would ensure that his pitchers always had the best chance for success. Leaving Aaron Loup in for back to back Righties and then a switch hitter was a guaranteed disaster. No body ever called JG the brightest bulb. Go Jays Go!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Blue Jay fans have been going crazy for Brett Lawrie for almost 3 years now. Unfortunately, I fear the second coming of Larry Walker is not going to be the Tip Oneill we all hoped he would be. Potential aside, Lawrie plays with a reckless abandon that will only put him on the DL for longer and longer stretches. Similar young players like Scott Rolen and Kirk Gibson played with the same tenacity only to suffer late in their careers to stay healthy and produce at a high level. Rolen is the perfect parallel, producing Hall of Fame numbers his first few years in Philadelphia before being limited by a chronic shoulder injury. Lawrie needs to understand that each injury today will cost you 50-100 games in your career - perhaps more. Now, I think Lawrie is going to be a fine alround player and should make a couple all star games. But he is not the next Mike Schmidt, perhaps he is more of a Scott Brosius or on the high side Eric Chavez.
The Jays do not have a tone of depth at the short stop position, but 1 player that can fill for Reyes and has Major League experience is Munenori Kawasaki. Kawasaki is not one of these high priced Japanese imports. He is an all glove no stick kind of player. But he should be able to handle the position in his absence. Other option include Ryan Goins, who had a very nice spring and turned some heads. But has no Major League experience. Also in the mix would be Mike McCoy and Maicer Izturis. Emilio Bonifacio is not a Short Stop and some might argue that he should not be playing 2nd base. Kawasaki, played with the Mariners in 2012 and has all the Major League Tools from a defensive position. I was watching the broadcast last night and they had no idea who they would be turning to in this situation. I believe Reyes is an irreplaceable player, so anyone they use will only be the weakest of stop gaps. Reyes is the Blue Jays best player! So, this is a huge blow. Someone should send him tape of Vince Colemen who never took a play or steal for granted. He slid 100% of the time. Part of the reason you do slide is to protect yourself and get on the base with jarring your body to harshly.